Yellowstone National Park, Animal Viewing,
August Buffalo Rut
Viewing animals in Yellowstone National Park is as simple as driving on any park road, especially to view bison or buffalo. Although the buffalo and all other animals in Yellowstone National Park are wild, they seem unafraid of humans and the buffalo almost contemptuous of automobiles and humans. They will cross the road at will. During the August rut, the buffalo become aggressive toward one another as they compete for females.
Yellowstone National Park;s most commonly seen animal are the buffalo, the elk, mule deer, and coyote. Less often seen are the grizzly bear and the wolf.
In the Bridge Bay area, a good viewing road for elk, grizzly and wolf would be the road beside the river and the pullouts overlooking the Hayden Valley, half-way between the Fishing Bridge and the Canyon Village.
A good spot for buffalo is Indian Pond on the northeast side of Yellowstone Lake.
The elk are not as bold as the buffalo but they will tolerate people and at times a herd will move right through a campsite.
They are commonly seen in herds along the Hayden Valley.
Yellowstone National Park is in reality a volcano, or more accurately, the sunken caldera of an ancient volcano that last erupted 640,000 years ago. The caldera, 30 miles wide by 45 ;miles long in a roughly oval shape, encompasses Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake in North America over 7000 feet elevation. With depths of 430 feet, the lake has over 140 miles of shore. Yellowstone Lake empties into the Yellowstone River, a course that conveys the lake water through Yellowstone's Grand Canyon to the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico.
Along the river in the Hayden Valley and the Lamar valley there are turnouts that make good viewing places for predatory animals such as wolf and grizzly.
Yellowstone National Park Animal Viewing, Best Time
Animal viewing is best done early morning or early evening.
If you are in a Yellowstone Hotel or Yellowstone National Park campground, you could see elk or buffalo move through the area several feet from your tent or hotel window especially during the August buffalo rut.
Buffalo can be seen at any time as they move throughout the park during August. The rut causes the males to herd the females and to become aggressive with other males.
Wolf could be seen early in the morning on the move beside the roads in the Hayden Valley
Wolf and grizzly might bee seen on the hills across the Yellowstone River in the Hayden Valley
Yellowstone Park in August will have many buffalo on the move during the rut
Yellowstone National Park, Animal Viewing is best done early morning or early evening. The buffalo can be seen at any time as they move throughout the park each day during the August buffalo rut.
Yellowstone National Park animal viewing is easy during the August buffalo rut, the animals cross the road without care.
Traffic comes to an abrupt halt as buffalo cross the road without warning. The August buffalo rut causes the males to herd the females and cross the road regardless of traffic.